n. author or compiler of dictionary; one employed in making of vocabulary or wordbook of language
E.g. The new dictionary is the work of the famous lexicographer who spent years compiling and editing the work.
n. dictionary; a stock of terms used in particular profession, subject, or style; vocabulary
E.g. I cannot find this word in any lexicon in the library.
n. free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint
E.g. The libertine took pleasure in gambling away his family money.
n. text of dramatic musical work, such as opera
E.g. The composer of an opera's music is remembered more frequently than the author of its libretto.
a. amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
E.g. Unscrupulously seducing the daughter of his host, Don Juan felt no qualms about the immorality of his licentious behavior.
v. allege, or think, to be like; represent as like; make or cause to be like
E.g. I always try to liken a bait pile to everyone in your town sharing the same fork at every meal.
a. extremely small; very small person; trivial or petty
E.g. Tiny and delicate, the model was built on a lilliputian scale.
a. clear, transparent or bright; calm, untroubled, and without worry
E.g. A limpid stream ran through his property.
v. look on or treat a person as celebrity; visit famous places in order to revere them
E.g. The public seemed to lionize and adored her.
a. lacking in spirit or energy to exert effort
E.g. We had expected him to be full of enthusiasm and were surprised by his listless attitude.
n. self-propelled movement; power or ability to move
E.g. Recent studies with modern cameras have shown that horse locomotion is actually very different to what we thought.
v. stand idly about; linger aimlessly; proceed slowly or with many stops
E.g. The policeman told him not to loiter in the alley.
v. be lazy or idle; move, stand, or recline in relaxed manner
E.g. They loll around in their chairs watching television.
v. gallop slowly; run or ride with steady, easy gait; travel an easy pace with long strides
E.g. As the horses lope along, we have an opportunity to admire the ever-changing scenery.
a. talkative; given to continual talking; chattering
E.g. Though our daughter barely says a word to us these days, put a phone in her hand and see how loquacious she can be: our phone bills are out of sight!.
a. mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to exaggerated degree
E.g. The lugubrious howling of the dogs added to our sadness.
n. celebrity; person who is an inspiration to others; person who has achieved eminence in specific field
E.g. A leading light of the American stage, Ethel Barrymore was a theatrical luminary whose name lives on.
n. brilliancy; splendor; brightness; glitter
E.g. They shone in the liquid lustre of her eyes.
a. abundant; rich and splendid; fertile
E.g. Lady Godiva was completely covered by her luxuriant hair.
a. suggesting the horror of death and decay; gruesome
E.g. Martin enjoyed macabre tales about werewolves and vampires.
n. clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes
E.g. Fortunately, Batman saw through the wily machination of the Riddler and saved Gotham City from destruction by the forces of evil.
n. waterproof long coat made of rubberized cloth
E.g. He hung his mackintosh and hat on the rack in the comfortable square hall and turned to her for direction.
n. the whole universe or entire world; complex structure, such as society, considered as single entity that contains numerous smaller-scale structures
E.g. Some scientists focus on a particular aspect of space, while others study the entire macrocosm and how its parts relate to one another.
n. powerful or influential person, especially in business or industry
E.g. The former telecommunications magnate is now living overseas, mostly in Dubai and Montenegro, to avoid imprisonment on a corruption conviction.
a. showing lack of skill; clumsy or awkward
E.g. How maladroit it was of me to mention seeing you out partying last night! From the look on his face, I take it that your boyfriend thought you were otherwise occupied.
n. comic misuse of word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound
E.g. When Mrs. Malaprop accuses Lydia of being "as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile," she confuses "allegory" and "alligator" in a typical malapropism.
n. curse; evil speaking; utterance of curse or execration
E.g. When the magic mirror revealed that Snow White was still alive, the wicked queen cried out in rage and uttered dreadful malediction.
a. capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable
E.g. Gold is a malleable metal, easily shaped into bracelets and rings.
a. foul-smelling; having bad or offensive odor
E.g. The compost heap was most malodorous in summer.
v. treat ill; abuse; treat roughly.
E.g. We all are obliged not to maltreat any child and parents have a particular duty to care for their children.
n. handcuff; shackle for hand or wrist; instrument of iron for fettering the hand
E.g. Then he commanded to cast her into prison and manacle and fetter her.
n. any mammal of which the female typically has a pouch in which it rears its young, such as kangaroo or koala
E.g. The most common marsupial in North America is the opossum.
n. strict disciplinarian; one who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules
E.g. No talking at meals! No mingling with the servants! Miss Minchin was a martinet who insisted that the schoolgirls in her charge observe each regulation to the letter.
n. craft of a construction worker; structure built of stone or brick
E.g. They offer commercial and residential masonry and tile contracting, renovations, repairs and restoration.
a. insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
E.g. Whenever Gigi and her boyfriend would sigh and get all lovey-dovey, her little brother would shout, "Yuck!" protesting their mawkish behavior.
v. follow a winding and turning course; move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction
E.g. Needing to stay close to a source of water, he follows every twist and turn of the streams as they meander through the countryside.
n. mental disorder with delusions of grandeur
E.g. Many of the Roman emperors sufferer from severe megalomania.
a. flowing or dropping like honey; sweetly or smoothly flowing, especially in sound
E.g. Italian is a mellifluous language, especially suited to being sung.
a. harmonious; euphonic; agreeable to hear; producing agreeable, especially musical, sounds
E.g. He was eating an apple, and giving a long, melodious whoop, at intervals, followed by a deep-toned ding-dong-dong, ding-dong-dong.
a. lying; habitually dishonest; speaking falsely
E.g. Distrusting Huck from the start, Miss Watson assumed he was mendacious and refused to believe a word he said.